What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
82%
6%
4%
5%
378
flagAustralia
81%
3%
3%
9%
64
flagthe Philippines
78%
3%
1%
10%
55
flagMalaysia
78%
3%
0%
17%
28
flagthe United States
76%
5%
5%
8%
1051
flagCanada
75%
6%
5%
12%
72
flagthe United Arab Emirates
75%
3%
7%
14%
28
flagNorway
73%
7%
4%
14%
42
flagItaly
72%
15%
5%
7%
40
flagthe United Kingdom
71%
6%
6%
13%
590
flagGermany
70%
5%
9%
14%
208
flagPakistan
69%
4%
7%
9%
42
flagthe Netherlands
68%
6%
12%
12%
47
flagSpain
68%
4%
12%
12%
25
flagPoland
62%
7%
12%
16%
15579
flagNigeria
60%
16%
4%
8%
25
flagUnknown
57%
8%
9%
25%
98
flagFrance
57%
9%
11%
22%
54
flagRepublic of Ireland
56%
10%
16%
16%
37
flagAustria
54%
8%
8%
20%
24

Gender

men59%
women63%
lead
59%
63%
mercury
6%
7%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
21%
17%

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